A Perkins Cove destination since 1980, Perkins Cove Candies are makers of fine chocolates and confections. Their handcrafted specialty chocolates are locally and lovingly made by 2nd generation chocolatiers in small batches including fine gourmet dark chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, and specialty chocolate gift assortments. As a family-owned small business they take pride in providing fine quality ingredients and a dazzling assortment of confections promising something for everyone to indulge in. For kids, fun pails and shovels allow them to ‘dig’ for their sweets― whether assorted kids' candy, chocolate lobsters, or fun red string licorice.
Specialties include sea salt caramels, buttercrunch and almond bark― both offered in decadent dark, milk or white chocolate, and distinctive Turtles featuring a soft chocolate ‘underbelly’ and top ‘shell.’ A perennial Maine favorite, saltwater taffy is offered in favorite flavors such as Maine blueberry, peanut butter, maple, and watermelon. Online shopping is available all year round.
TaleSpinStudio, founded by artist/photographer Amy Kelly, is home to brilliantly colored large-scale multimedia artworks of lobster tails, buoys, and coastal scenes based on her breathtaking macro photography.
Vibrant multimedia artworks began as an offshoot of the artist/owner’s high contrast, macro photography of lobsters, the multi-hued buoys, and Ogunquit coastal scenes.
As she began to experiment with her photography, what morphed was fantastical. Asked about the process she explains, “I abstracted a tail, changed the colors, and posted it on social media. People liked it. So, I started playing with colors.” She found an immediate audience for her unique and inspired art and her TaleSpinStudio gallery has quickly become a Perkins Cove destination. The process: First the canvas is painted, and a chosen large-scale photo is glued to it. Some of the works are embellished with nets to give texture and to recreate the feel and visual of fishing nets. Finished with varnish the pieces are sun and fade resistant to ensure they become cherished heirlooms.
Other treasures in the gallery include license plate art spelling out locales like ‘Perkins Cove,’ ‘Ogunquit,’ and ‘Wells,’ as well as ornaments and stained-glass art.
A Perkins Cove shopping destination, Kiki’s Ogunquit promises to delight with thoughtfully chosen soft goods and unique artisan fashion and jewelry. Kiki’s is filled with irresistible finds including designer casual and fine clothing, outerwear, handbags, and accessories. Names like Kole, Vine Street, Two’s Company, Maruka, and Pomegranate Moon are what shoppers will discover in this fun and friendly shop.
Kiki’s Ogunquit promises a friendly environment and is described as featuring, “Exceptional customer service and gorgeous clothes and unique gifts!”
Looking for a special gift for a friend or a little treasure for yourself? Kiki’s Ogunquit is laden with irresistible finds. A taste of their bounty: hand-sewn leather purses, nouveau fairy pins, starfish scarves, porcelain wishes. To wear: softly hued linen palazzo pants, dresses, and tops. Peppered with fun baubles and local art, this unique boutique promises to send you home with treasures.
Tucked into a renovated fisherman’s shack, this charming shop is packed full of delightful finds from local artisans. Potters Chris Davis and her husband Alex established The Pottery Shop in Perkins Cove in 1984 to showcase her high-fired stoneware pottery. Over the last 30 years, Chris has developed an avid fanbase. Now people from across the country collect her beautiful creations.
Curated for artisan craft lovers, finds include African Olive Wood - hand-carved, fair-trade bowls, salad bowls, serving trays and utensils; charms and keepsakes – hand-crafted jewelry, cards, and glass spirit bottles; Maine stone crafts, glass mobiles and sculptures, mixed media art and prints; Home goods – soaps, table accents, serving pieces & cutlery, and beautiful wooden cutting boards and platters.
A toy store for kids of all ages
When the phrase “Big things come in small packages” was coined, it was surely said with C&S Toy Chest, in Perkins Cove 03907, in mind. That’s because, as “the tiniest toy store in Maine,” they say they pack a huge variety of toys in their postage-stamp-sized building and leave guests, both young and old, with big smiles on their faces, time after time.
A family owned and operated business and a jewel of Perkins Cove for more than a decade, C&S Toy Chest is where shoppers can find not only the hot items of the day and cool relics of days begone, but everything in between. Find the goods for baby showers, days on the beach, long journeys home, Maine themed children’s books, plushies; and discover things that make you think, things with wheels and things that you just want to squish.
More than just toys... The shelves are lined with books for young readers; and many are written or illustrated by fellow Mainers. You can also find children’s jewelry, beginner musical instruments, even Maine lobster hats!
No wonder their loyal visitors insist, “It wouldn’t be a trip to Ogunquit without coming to your store!”
Out of the Blue in Perkins Cove is a jewelry lover’s dream. Hand-forged and cast sterling silver and gold jewelry and gemstone jewelry that nods to the rhythm of the sea.
A favorite: Your love for Ogunquit can be worn near your heart with an Ogunquit script necklace in sterling silver or silver with gold plating. Pendants of silver and gold such as the darling Maine map pendant or those with knobby starfish, or ocean waves will enchant the ocean lover in you. Other pretty finds include rings featuring waves, anchors, and even a Maine lobster; toe rings and anklets, coastal themed earrings along with bangles and bracelets, in silver and gold plate, some with gemstones.
Out of the Blue has a sweet collection of Larimar pendants and earrings. The soft water-blue stone is reminiscent of the color of shallow water seafoam as it rolls onto the beach; perfect for those who want to bring home a treasure to remind them of days spent in Ogunquit ― “Beautiful Place by the Sea.”
Jewelry and keepsake gifts and timeless treasures in gold and silver fill the shop in Perkins Cove. The long-time former home of Parkins Cove’s beloved Swamp Johns has morphed into the Dunegrass Collection. Here shoppers can discover new collections of hand-forged and cast jewelry as well as collectible estate pieces including 18k gold and lapis, gorgeous hand carved cameos, and gemstones.
More shop details are coming soon!
The Whistling Oyster has been a name synonymous with Perkins Cove for generations. Once a famed dining destination and gift shop at the head of “The Cove,” today’s Whistling Oyster is a cozy gift shop tucked in near the footbridge in the back of cove shopper’s row. Filled with charming gifts and estate piece, it offers collectibles to ensure you can hand carry a memory home from your Ogunquit vacation.
Their sister shop, Stonehome Estate Jewelers, in downtown Ogunquit, Maine offers long-loved estate jewelry and watches. These are heirlooms of the past and the future, lovingly cared for through many decades or centuries. These jewels take nothing from our modern world, are part of our cultural history and preserve something of quality and significance.
Perkins Cove Candies: Great little candy shop with favorites for everyone. Specialty chocolates, gummies, barrels of taffy and more from hard and soft candies… Adorable old school candy shop vibe.
Tailspin Studio: Amy and her art exude creativity and a one of a kind talent!!
Kiki’s Ogunquit: Very unique pieces. Cute boutique with a wide selection of items. Very friendly staff!
Perkins Cove Pottery Shop: This shop is adorable! Something fun for everyone and the most unique treasures around every corner. The staff was sweet and knowledgeable which made it that much more perfect!
Photo: Denise Smith, Mrs Smith Travels